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Hospice Maui plans to take over end-of-life care on Molokai, Lanai

The Maui News

Navian Hawaii will no longer provide end-of-life care on Molokai and Lanai and will transfer the service to Hospice Maui effective Feb. 1, both organizations announced Tuesday.

“This is an exciting yet bittersweet milestone for Hospice Maui with the recent unexpected loss of our CEO, Dr. Gregory LaGoy,” said Melanie Dwyer, interim CEO of Hospice Maui. “It was his vision to initiate the provision of hospice services on Molokai in 1994 and on Lanai in 2005 in a response to needs in those communities, but our organization was too small at that time to operate the programs.

“Fortunately, our long-time legacy hospice colleague, Navian Hawaii (formerly Hospice Hawaii), immediately agreed to step in on both occasions. The transition of these two programs back to Hospice Maui is a natural evolution toward our serving the entire county and realizes Greg’s dream of reuniting the islands.”

LaGoy died suddenly on Jan. 4 on Maui. He had been the CEO of Hospice Maui for more than 30 years. He also served on the Maui Memorial Medical Center ethics committee for nearly 20 years, and in 2002 received an award as Maui’s “Executive Director of the Year.”

The Hospice Board of Directors met on Jan. 12 to formally appoint Dwyer as interim CEO.

“Greg leaves an incredible legacy,” Navian Hawaii President and CEO Tori Abe Carapelho said. “We’re proud we were able to deliver on Greg’s early vision to ensure that the underserved populations received the highest quality care for 20 years on Molokai and seven years on Lanai. Even more so, we’re proud that this high-quality care will continue with Hospice Maui on the foundation that Greg built over the last 30-plus years.”

Hospice Maui and Navian Hawaii said there will be minimal disruptions to operations and patient care. Both programs will continue to operate out of their current locations.

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